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When Mennonite Church Canada worker Julie Bender was recovering from an injured knee, she received an embroidered pillow top from her student Gail—a project Gail undertook in the fall of 2011 when she was hospitalized for a multiple leg fracture resulting from a bicycle accident.

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From left to right: Kay, Jean and Sara helped prepare meals for Mennonite Church Canada workers Julie and Phil Bender while Julie recovered from a knee injury.

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April 27, 2012
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — Last February, Mennonite Church Canada worker Julie Bender took a fall and sustained a hairline fracture to her right knee.  The doctor ordered her to stay off her feet for six weeks.

During her convalescence, Bender taught classes from the Bender apartment. Both Bender and her husband Phil Bender are Mennonite Church Canada workers whose ministry involves teaching English at the Sichuan University of Arts and Science.  Phil Bender received a temporary workload reduction to allow him to do housework and tend to Julie’s needs.

Bender’s students frequently pitched in to brighten her day—or to help out with housework and meals.

“Many of Julie’s students showed concern and kindness during the six weeks that she was housebound,” the Benders wrote in a recent prayer letter.